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... had lots of opportunities to stop and check out the scenery.
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
TravelPod Member ReviewsLa Villa des Orangers Marrakech
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Villa des Orangers Marrakech
Oasis of opulent calm amid the frenzy
We were a party of 10 and found the hotel excellent in all respects. The service was first class and the staff very friendly. The rooms were comfortable and quiet. The inclusion of breakfast, lunch and laundry in the cost was a nice touch. The hotel is also so convenient for the souks and the the main square. Don't be put off by the small entrance in a row of local shops in a busy street. As soon as you step through you enter a world of calm and comfort.
Only minor critism was that the rooms are very dark which is great in the heat but not for those who want bright open spaces with outside windows. The riads are just not like that.
Steyed here for 4 nights over Easter weekend-EVERYTHING about this place was superb. Our suite-room 7 was big & exceptionally appointed; our private roof terrace was huge. The great breakfasts can be taken anywhere-we had ours on our terrace. Inclusive lunch was high quality & on our last night we had a great dinner served in a private salon off the main courtyard.
ALL the staff were super efficient & friendly.
THE place to stay in Marrakech!
This hotel does not look like much upon from the outside, but once you walk through the doors you feel like you are in another world and can hardly believe you are in the middle of the lively streets of Marrakech as this hotel provided us with a feeling of extreme tranquility.
The hotel is beautifully decorated and the staff were exceptional. In particular the conceirge was outstanding.
The food was great and the freshly squeezed orange juice was the best I have had from all of our travels around the world.
I will definately stay here on my next trip to Marrakech.
Just spent three nights at Villa des Orangers in Marrakech. Overall, it was a very pleasant stay. Villa des Orangers is a wonderful property that is a great mix of traditional Morrocan arhictecture/charm and modern conveniences. Good location within the city. Staff is friendly and professional. Front desk staff graciously answered all of my questions and made some good shopping and dinner recommendations. I stayed in a suite without a terrace. The room is spacious and plesant, but lacks the type of unique Morrocan flair that I was hoping for. When I was in the bedroom, it felt like any other upscale hotel. Bathroom is fine, but the shower isn't up to scratch. They need to improve this. Also they have those traditional, leather Morrocan slippers in each bathroom, and they smell awful! Management should get rid of them. The restaurant is fine but not great. Plan on having no more than one dinner here. The best part of the hotel, however, is its public spaces. In short, they are fabulous. From the wonderful roof terrace with vistas of the Atlas Mountains to the three gorgeous courtyards and the numerous salons with comfy leather chairs and wood burning fireplaces, they are clearly the hotel's main attraction. Villa des Orangers is recommended for those who want the luxury and service of a five star hotel in a unique and intimate setting. The crowd here was mostly European, and generally over 50 years old. FYI, I also stayed at Riad el Fenn for three nights during this same trip and have written a review about it.
A wonderful place to stay
This Riad, located just inside the old city walls, met every expectation we had built from reading other's reviews. A beautifully finished interior with authentic dressings; a very helpful and polite staff who were discreet but always there when we needed something; a very relaxing and quiet atmosphere with lots of nooks and crannies (including two lounges with working fireplaces - it was cool at night) to hang out in. Although on the more expensive side, the cost included a very satisfying breakfast and luncheon. One really nice touch for first timers to Africa was to be met by the Riad's driver and car as you exited immigration at the airport - no worries about 'what do we do now?'. The front desk also set us up with a very good, government-approved, english speaking guide to tour the city with (just ask for Moustafa). He really made us feel at ease as we toured and definitely prevented us getting any hassles from unwanted vendors etc (note: our experience through the whole vacation was that the Moroccan people were very welcoming), that we might of otherwise encountered. There were two nice,clean swimming pools, one on the roof - unheated, but we didn't use them as the weather was unusually cool and wet for us. Personally, I think it would have been nice to have a big hot-tub on the roof instead of the second pool but I may not be saying that, had we been there in summer! We only ate dinner in the Riad's restaurant once but the food was well prepared and appetizing. Our bedroom and the en suite bathroom, in spite of being the basic selection, were large and, again, elegantly decorated. The bed was very comfortable. We'd definitely go back to Villa des Orangers, if given the chance. So much better than even the best hotels.
We have just returned from 4 nights at La Villa Des Orangers and I can't recommend it enough. We were 4 couples and the staff were exemplary in their care and service, non instrusive but always keeping us totally satisfied. Each morning a phonecall to ask where you would like your breakfast served, courtyard, poolside, in the room, it's your choice and nothing was too much trouble. We would then venture out to the souks or for a walk and on our return a table for 8 would be setup for us to have our inclusive light lunch (which was more than ample).. it didn't matter if it was 12.00pm or 2.00pm or had we of not returned at all, though we always did as the food was so good! We tried a different restaurant each night that was recommended and arranged by the hotel (including taxis) which were all good but the tagine at the villa itself was far better than any of the others anywhere else. The riad is fantastically located (unlike the more famous Mamounia which was too far from the main square) we were only a 5 minute walk from the action. I'd also highly recommend taking a tour of the city in a caleche so you can get a good feel for the medina and surrounds, they also leave not far from the hotel. All in all, I'd highly recommend this great hotel and would definitely return.
I stayed at the Villa des Orangers with my boyfriend for four nights at the end of September. Upon our arrival, we received the most courteous welcome and were made to feel at home immediately. Definitely one of the best hotels I've stayed in.
LOCATION: We found the riad to be in a convenient location on the edge of the medina (therefore accessible by car). It is a 5 minute walk from the main square and also a 5 minute drive from the new town (Gueliz). It is also en route to the newly opened Pacha nightclub which is approx 8-10 minutes drive away.
SERVICE: First class. The staff were friendly and attentive (without being intrusive). They recommended top class restaurants and also booked our tables (we also observed we were given the best tables in restaurants when we mentioned we were staying at the Villa des Orangers). In addition, the hotel arranged for an English speaking taxi driver to take us on a day trip to a Berber market, the Atlas mountains, the Ourika valley, the Kasbah du Toubkal.
FOOD: The breakfast and light lunch included in the price of the room would be served wherever you requested (in your room, the rooftop, the courtyard or one of the salon rooms). The quality of the food was extremely high and the "light" lunches on offer were very filling indeed.
Quiet and so elegant
This renovated riad offers a wonderful place to relax for a couple of days, everything is so quiet. The riad is renovated with a very sobre style, colors are light. All rooms are different in pure and elegant Morrocan style. Above everything, the service from the staff is exceptional, very discret but at the same time absolutely perfect, always a smile and the intention to please - not necessarily for the tip... -
You should however not stay here for a longer period (3-4 nights is ok), the riad athmosphere (a mansion with no view on the outside...) can be oppressing after some days.
I stayed for four nights at the Villa des Orangers in September 2005 based on reviews on this site, and I am very happy that I chose this over the more famous Mamounia. The Orangers has elegant architecture, with a lovely courtyard and two separate swimming pools (one in a courtyard, one on the rooftop). It is a five minute walk from the main square. Staff were helpful and competent, and the room was excellent, with good air conditioning, a large bathroom and a comfortable bed. There are just 19 rooms, so it has an intimate feel. I have travelled extensively around the world, and have no hesitation in recomming this hotel.
A wonderful Moroccan experience...
We stayed at this small hotel for 4 nights and wished it had been longer. Everything was perfect and we are not too easy to please. We booked a room with "private" terrace upstairs and direct view to the Koutoubia...such a beautiful sight especially at night when lit up. I would not hesitate to book any room at this hotel because each has location features and the small courtyard (one of two) is surrounded by the less expensive rooms and also very nice. So...the rooms are beautiful and the service is beyond our expectations which were high. Hamid at the front desk together with the whole staff could not do enough...totally at your service but not in your face. The ambiance of the hotel was perfect...so Moroccan...not trying to be somewhere else...but just where you are! The rooftop pool was so relaxing later in the day and then the small group of musicians would play some beautiful Moroccan music that almost put you in a trace...every area of the hotel had this magical atmosphere. The larger pool was also nice and at night lit up ...well I could sit and take it in forever. Food was very good and you can eat anywhere you like...again service tops. Don't be put off by the prices...this includes not only the room, breakfast but also a "light" lunch (not so light and very good) laundry (very nice to get things done for the continuation of our trip) mini bar and any soft drinks you want during your stay, taxes and all. It was really nice to return after shopping or touring and sit in the peaceful atmosphere and have lunch. Good location and taxi can come direct to front door (not so with many riads). As you can tell we loved it and I highly recommend this hotel (really more like a riad) to anyone traveling to Marrakech. I did extensive research and this hotel got very good reviews everywhere..was surprised not reviewed yet on trip advisor so I wanted to share my impressions. YOu will not be disappointed!